Working on a Movie/TV Set

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  1. sam mann

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    Lots of tv talk here.

    Wondering if anyone here has actually worked on a TV or movie set? Either as a PA or something higher?
     
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    For something higher, you need a PhD.
     
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    You actually don't. In this industry/world, having sat in a classroom wont get you very far.
     
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    Ok, a PhD and a sense of humour.
     
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    I was a production assistant on some California Angels broadcasts, back in the 80s. Got to see Rod Carew's 3000th hit, sitting in the booth. Talked Garrett Morris into doing a half-inning of "expert color commentary", as "Chico Escuela" (a SNL Weekend Update character).
     
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    I've PA'd a couple times, was a "technical advisor" once on a film that I'd played the soundtrack on, all small stuff.
     
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    If you're in P-town there are several places to help you get into that type of work If thats what you're after. The crew on Grimm are really pro's. 'spect!
     
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    Who puts out all the little yellow signs with cryptic letters on them?
     
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    By cryptic, do you mean "to set"?
     
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    They shot in Portland? Were you on the crew?
     
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    lol :rotflmaoha ha ha
     
  12. ChazFromCali

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    No, I'm not on the crew. I do background. I'm a desk Detective in the Precinct set. GRIMM and LIBRARIANS both shoot in Portland. Only three more shows to shoot for GRIMM. Its final season premier is in January.

    Here I am on LIBRARIANS S02. Museum episode.
     
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    These signs are a frequent sight around the Atlanta area these days.
     
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    Crew does that. So people know how to get to where the location scene is being shot. GRIMM signs say OB 4 or something like that. Cryptic to keep the curious from showing up.

    Driving to locations can be a hassle. I'm lucky in that I know where I'm going everytime, all the Precinct scenes are on the main set and not on location. I know exactly how long it takes me to drive there, etc. I guess I can give it away now, lol. What are they gonna do, fire me with 3 shows remaining? The main set is a warehouse near the actual Portland Police property storage area in NW P-town.
     
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    Some are pretty cryptic while others are pretty obvious. For example, The Originals is TOS, Sleepy Hollow is SH and Stranger Things was ST (but they've changed it for the new season).
     
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    Do you like working with the crew? How do they deal with "the curious" from popping up? Not much they can do
     
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    You have to know or be related to someone . It's boring . It pays phenomenally .
     
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    Shot stills for an indy film. It was shot primarily in a bowling ally. They built a platform for the camera and cameraman with wheels that rested in the gutters. Behind the platform was a guy wearing catcher's mitts on each hand to stop the bowling ball after it passed under the camera platform. I was behind him with the director! LOL
     
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    The crew on GRIMM are A#1 pro's ! Love 'em. Intense at times but very professional. LIBRARIANS has a bit more things going wrong from time to time. Directors blowing up etc.

    GRIMM's main set is closed. Guards etc, No visitors are just idling around there, even if they knew where it was. On a location it's not that bad usually. A few people looking on then they get bored and leave. It's a lot of waiting, hurry up and wait type stuff anyway.
     

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